PUNTA GORDA — The trial of Roy Lee Poore, the Punta Gorda man accused of attempted second-degree murder in connection with an October 2011 stabbing incident that left the victim with life-threatening injuries, got under way Monday at the Charlotte County Justice Center as attorneys for both sides made their opening statements.
Jury selection lasted most of the day, with the jury being seated in the afternoon. The trial is expected to last three days.
Poore, 35, of the 6000 block of Rumford St., is accused of repeatedly stabbing Aldolphus Leon Martin on the 500 block of Drury Lane in Port Charlotte on Oct. 8, 2011, after Martin argued with Poore’s sister, April M. Poore, over pills, court records show.
Neighbors reportedly found Martin, 48, in the middle of the street, bleeding profusely from stab wounds to his chest, stomach, arms and legs. Poore was arrested after a 14-hour standoff with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.
Along with the attempted-murder charge, Poore also is charged with aggravated assault stemming from a July 2011 incident in which he allegedly attempted to run over another man with his truck after an argument.
Guy Anthony Gipe, 45, told authorities he was riding his scooter on Quince Street in Punta Gorda when Poore swerved his Dodge pickup toward Gipe in an effort to hit him. Gipe fell off his scooter and was injured, court records show.
Poore was also at the center of an investigation into a fatal crash that took place on the same date that killed 71-year-old Phyllis Irene Gipe, Guy’s mother, who was on a golf cart. Poore was charged in the incident involving the son but was not charged in connection with the death of Phyllis Gipe.
Poore also is facing burglary and petty theft charges stemming from an alleged theft of lawn equipment from a trailer in September 2011.
The aggravated battery and burglary trials are being postponed in favor of the attempted-murder trial. Poore remains at the Charlotte County Jail without bond.